Essential C21st Teaching Skills


Thinking about thinking
About this course


This course will explore one of the most cited beneficial forms of impact in teaching, based on Educational Research - that of teaching students how to think. It will provide a theoretical structure behind metacognition, followed by lots of practical advice on how to embed metacognition in your lessons. It will also introduce for many the concept of High Mnemonic Teachers - those who actively teach memory skills.


Delegates will gain a full understanding of metacognition, how to teach the essential ‘thinking’ skills both as a teacher and for their students. It is designed for Head Teachers, senior leaders in charge of Teaching and Learning and practitioners with a keen interest in this exciting growth area of pedagogy.



Course Outcomes:
  • Give delegates a full understanding, and appreciation of, metacognition
  • Signpost the latest research into metacognition, highlighting particular successes
  • Show how teachers can employ simple-to-understand thinking skills in their lessons
  • Demonstrate how students can employ thinking skills to make long-term gains
  • Share successful strategies for building a metacognition-rich school environment
Course Outline:
Overview of Metacognition

Auto-pilot versus manual thinking

What is metacognition?

Common dangers and bias in the classroom

Metacognition in research

Teaching Strategies

Methods of ‘thinking about thinking’

Utilising metacognition in teaching

High-Mnemonic Teachers

Active thinking in all areas of teaching practice

Student Strategies

Thinking maps

Explaining thinking explicitly

Demonstrating thinking skills

Building metacognition for long term impact

Wendy Imperato

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

+44 (0)29 2071 1787

“Good! Did not feel like I was sat down at a power point all day because of the different tasks set. The tasks were relevant and practical.”

Deputy Headteacher , Ysgol Bro Helyg

Great ideas for lessons, lots of interactive games - loved trying things out and thinking about ways to use them in my own classroom.

MFL Trainee Teacher , Stockton SCITT

Very enthusiastic trainer who made the day a fun experience. Lots of helpful resources and ideas to use in the classroom.

Teacher , Ysgol Bro Helyg

The trainer was very engaging and kept our attention throughout the course. I really enjoyed the interactive aspect of the day. Thank you very much.

N/A , Ysgol Bro Helyg

Really useful, informative and credible training which will springboard our pedagogical reflection process. Thank you to Mark for the day.

Headteacher , St Mowden's

The training today has been really useful and provided some tweaks that can be made to current policies to ensure that the best is extracted from every child.

Deputy Headteacher , Redrook Hayes Primary School

This training provided a great opportunity for teachers to discuss their practice, share ideas and evaluate current practice. I have come away with a better understanding of the overall direction our school is going in.

Teacher , St Mowden's